Simplification, expressive brushwork, flattening the space, and saturated color can move a painting toward abstraction
Category: Landscape Theory
Color studies are the best way to test a color strategy before starting a painting and to expand your expand your color vocabulary.
Four key steps, often overlooked by plein air painters, can increase your chances of success.
Referencing photographs too closely can be hazardous to you work. Here are strategies to overcome the tyranny of the photo reference.
With a “color-priority” system, the Impressionists allowed colors to retain their intrinsic color identity.
In plein air we attempt a direct translation of color, while In the studio, we are freer to be inventive with color.
In the rush to color, plein air painters often overlook the essential first steps that will establish a strong composition.
Contemporary Impressionist Jerry Fresia talks about the tradeoffs between a value-emphasis or a color-emphasis when painting brilliant light.
One painter’s journey through exercises in simplification, limited focus, color and notan.
The first step in composition — a “limited focus” — isn’t limiting at all, but expands our options in landscape composition.